YOUR MONTHLY E-BULLETIN – Issue 48; October 2016

Latest Consortium News

NWLC Survey Launched

As part of their work the Consortium PR and Web Group have published a short on-line survey asking all staff from our member organisations about their use of the Consortium and its benefits. The survey results are going to be reported through and will inform the Consortium Board’s meeting to look at the strategy of the Consortium going forward.

Just follow the link to take part and just as a sweetener all those responding by 17th October will automatically be entered into a free draw
for £25 Marks and Spencer’s voucher.

Your help and feedback is appreciated.

NWLC Management Board
Strategy Meeting 2nd November 2016

On 2nd November your Consortium Board are meeting together with the members of the PR
and Web Group to consider and decide upon the future direction for your Consortium and to set objectives for the work of the Consortium in the next few years.

Your survey responses will feed into that debate but if you want to contribute more directly to the debate please feel free to e-mail Beryl Heath on with your views and/or let her know if you wish to come along to the meeting itself.

What a day we had! 2016 Annual Training Event

We welcomed almost 100 delegates to your Consortium Annual Training Event at the Langtree Stadium in St Helens on Tuesday 20th September.

Our thanks go to our speakers, to the partner firms for providing the afternoon training sessions, to our exhibitors and to Geldards who organised the whole event for us this year.

For those who missed out on the day all the presentations from the morning sessions and the training in the afternoon can be found in the documents area of the website.

We had our usual raffle in aid of our nominated charity, the NWAA and this year we raised almost £250 for the important work of the charity.

NWLC Practice Managers Group

The Group will meet again on 17th October where the agenda will be based around Business Continuity Planning – both practice and theory and we’ve also got a presentation on Legal Apprenticeships too!

On 9th February we have Performance Measurement as our topic for the day.

In addition we have a Risk Management workshop on 17th November in Rochdale and we’ll be keeping an eye at each session on updates from the SRA – with changes pending this will serve us well.

If you or a colleague wishes to join the Group that’s absolutely fine – we’d welcome further input from Practice Management /Business Development colleagues as well as legal practitioners.

All the presentations from the session we held on the 30th June are available in the Documents area of the website. At the event, we heard from Damon Swindell about the Lexcel 6 standard- Damon is an independent Lexcel assessor amongst other things! His website at explains what he offers and we are delighted to be welcoming Damon back to lead the Risk Management session in November.

Consortium Offer

Solicitor/Advocate Services available to local authorities

Nicola Hartley obtained her Higher Rights of Audience in Criminal Advocacy in July 2012 which entitles her to exercise rights of audience in all criminal proceedings in the higher courts. South Lakeland District Council would like to offer her services as a Crown Court solicitor advocate to any Council that wishes to save money on counsel’s fees. Nicola is an experienced advocate having dealt with in a range of criminal prosecutions, including food hygiene, revenues and benefits fraud, environmental offences and health and safety.

Please contact Anthea Lowe Solicitor to the Council on on 01539 793305 if you wish to wish to make further enquiries.”